by Tammy Phillips
August 13, 2021
“And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It [is] hard for you to kick against the goads.” 6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord [said] to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:5-6 NKJV)
Theses verses have been rattling around in my spirit for a while. So many times, we think that we are doing the right thing and going down the right path. Paul who was formerly Saul of Tarsus thought that He was boldly doing the work of God by searching out Christ followers and murdering them for their beliefs. When he had a “suddenly” encounter with Jesus and was blinded by His glorious light, Saul asked two questions: “Who are you, Lord? and Lord, what do You want me to do?”
Suddenly, Paul was brought to surrender in the presence of Jesus. He wanted to know who and what? Many want Jesus to be their Savior and keep on living their life the way that they want to. Few ask, “Who are your, Lord?” If we are in relationship with Jesus, we should be asking this question often. Isn’t this the unspoken question that we seek the answers for when we meet and marry our spouse. We want to know them. We want to know everything about them. We have so many questions: “Where did you come from? Who is your dad? Where did you go to school? “The questions are endless as we develop our relationship. The more I find out the more I realize that I do not know about our Savior. However, it is a question that I am always asking, “Who are you, Lord?” Can you answer this question? You might think that you know Jesus as Savior, but do you know Him as Lord? Does He know you? If you cannot answer the question, “who are your, Lord?” Upon Jesus’ return to earth, will He be able to say, “well done good and faithful servant” or will He say, “Depart from me, I never knew you. You never took the time to ask, ‘Who are you, Lord?’”
Have you asked, “Who are you, Lord?” and discovered a few layers of just a few who He is:
- King of Kings
- Wonderful Counselor
- All Powerful
- Giver of eternal life
- Healer of the brokenhearted
- Prince of Peace
- Chief of Completeness
- Son of the Most High
- Friend of Tammy the Lowe
- Master of Everything
- Author of Life
Keep asking. This Jesus, this Savior, this King, wants to know YOU and me. He wants us to know Him and seek Him with all our heart. When we come to know Him, we realize that He has ALL THE ANSWERS. We should forever, be asking, “Who are you, Lord?” Like Paul, after we have encountered the Light of His Glory, our very next question should be, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” As the Author and Finisher of our faith, He knows the plans and purposes that He has for our life. I love the answer that He gave Paul. “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” He told Paul to get up and go. Keep going in the same directions that he was going. When he was obedient to get up and go, THEN he would be told what to do.
We want the whole plan laid out in front of us, every step, and every turn. Life is not like that. On our journey, the Lord goes ahead of us. He prepares the way. He prepares us for the obstacles and then shows us how to maneuver around them. We want “now” answers. As my best friend says over and over because she KNOWS the Lord. She has asked the questions,” Lord, who are you and what do you want me to do?” And He answered her by saying, “I am seldom in a hurry, but never late.” She has learned that His timing and her timing do not always align, but that He is always on time.
Have you ever asked the Lord the questions Paul asked ?
I enCOURAGE you to ask the Lord who He is and what He wants you to do? And, then…wait patiently for Him to reveal Himself to you as you seek Him out and He directs you in the way that you should go. He loves you. He wants to know you and be known by you.